British brands

  1. Exclusive: Naive's Patrick Zelnik Talks Universal-EMI Merger, Plan to Buy Virgin With Branson, More

    July 19, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Patrick Zelnik, founder and CEO of French independent label and distributor Naïve and co-President (for now) of Impala, the independent label association, has made international headlines over the last few days: On Monday a surprising op-ed he wro ...

  2. Updated: Richard Branson Interested in Buying Back Virgin Records With Impala's Patrick Zelnik

    July 17, 2012 7:59 AM EDT LONDON - Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has expressed his interest in a potential bid for the Virgin Records label he founded. Vivendi's Universal Music Group is meeting with European regulators in Brussels this week to discuss possible ...

  3. Sir Richard Branson To Be Honored At Pre-Grammy Gala

    January 19, 2012 12:38 PM EST Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, will be honored at Clive Davis and Recording Academy's Pre-Grammy gala this year. Branson will be presented with the President's Merit Award "in recognition of his significant contri ...

  4. U.K. Telecom Giant BT Planning Music Subscription Service

    March 30, 2011 1:33 PM EDT U.K. telecom giant BT is reported to be working on a music download service that would be available to its 5.5 million broadband customers. According to The Guardian , "BT says it will unveil the product 'in the near future,' while ...

  5. Report: Virgin Media set To Partner With Spotify

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Internet service provider Virgin Media is reportedly set to join with European streaming service Spotify for a music subscription offer. The Daily Telegraph reports that Virgin Media is close to agreeing a deal with Spotify. In June 2009, Vir ...

  6. Virgin Media Unveils Mobile Music Service

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Media is launching its new Virgin Music Media Store mobile download service at the U.K.'s V Festival this weekend (Aug. 21-22). The U.K. service goes live with 1 million tracks on Aug. 21. Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and EMI ...

  7. Virgin Festival Canada On Hold Till 2011

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Organizers have confirmed that Virgin Festival Canada is to be put on ice until 2011. The announcement was made yesterday (June 3) via the official Virgin Festival Canada Facebook page, which contained a link to an exclusive interview with Virgin ...

  8. Virgin Media's Delayed Subscription Service Still On Track

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Media 's music subscription service is late but still on track. The company's head of media relations said the service is "well progressed" but added the company is "still working" on licensing deals with conte ...

  9. Virgin Media Making 'Good Progress' On Music Service

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. media company Virgin Media has insisted it is moving ahead on its unlimited MP3 subscription service, which was due to launch by the end of 2009. It follows a report by New Media Age suggesting that EMI was finalising an agreement to join the ...

  10. Peter Norris Named Non-Exec Chair Of Virgin Group

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Former Barings Bank head Peter Norris has been announced as the non-executive chairman of the board for Virgin Group, the holding company that owns brands such as Virgin Media and Virgin Atlantic. Norris, 54, will take up his new role on November ...

  11. BSkyB Launches Digital Music Service

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Almost 15 months after first announcing the service with Universal as the first major on board, leading pay-TV provider and Internet Service Provider BSkyB is finally about to launching its digital music service. Sky Songs offers access to over 4 ...

  12. Virgin Mobile Sponsors Sydney Metro Theatre

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Mobile is bolstering its brand within Australia's live space through a headline sponsorship agreement for the Sydney Metro Theatre. The central Sydney venue will now become the Virgin Mobile Metro, its owners Century Venues revealed to ...

  13. BBC May Sell Off Part Of BBC Worldwide

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC director general Mark Thompson said that selling off part of the corporation's commercial arm BBC Worldwide is being considered as an option. Thompson told the Guardian that a part-privatization of BBC Worldwide is being mulled as a part ...

  14. Penguin Jams With Island Records On Web

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Penguin is to launch a music initiative in collaboration with Island Records on its teen website "Spinebreakers." "Breakers" will launch on July 6. Once a month Island Records artists, or their albums and videos pitched by Isla ...

  15. Virgin Media, Universal Offer 'World First' Unlimited MP3s

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telco and cable TV company Virgin Media has partnered with Universal Music on an unlimited download service described as a "world first" in that users will be able to keep all the MP3 downloads forever. The announcement appears to p ...

  16. MSHK Sues Trinity Street

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST MSHK, the holding company of the Ministry Of Sound label and lifestyle brand, is taking legal action following the demise of digital marketing and direct-to-consumer company Trinity Street. Trinity Street built and administered Ministry Of Sound&# ...

  17. Virgin Media Announces Massive Job Cuts

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. ISP and cable TV provider Virgin Media is to cut over 2,200 employees by 2012 to "significantly improve the efficiency of the business," according to a company statement. The Hampshire-based company, which supplies broadband, cable ...

  18. V Festival Launches South African Edition

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Group has confirmed the launch of the V Festival brand in South Africa, as originally revealed in Billboard's July 12 issue. Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5 and OneRepublic will all appear. Known as Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile, the event wil ...

  19. Ministry Widget Replaces "Expensive" Microsites

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. dance label Ministry of Sound has launched a "white-label" widget to drive the online promotion of singles, albums and live events across its lifestyle brands and imprints including Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi and Hard2Beat. The wi ...

  20. Sky's No Limit As Universal Teams On MP3 Service

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sky, the U.K.'s leading pay-TV provider, is entering the digital music marketplace with an adventurous service which allows subscribers unlimited access to downloads and streams. Universal Music Group International's U.K. affiliate, itse ...

  21. 360-Degree MoS Spins Name Change

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Ministry of Sound Group, one of the foremost names in the global dance music scene, is rebranding itself to MSHK Group. According to the independent music powerhouse, the name-change mirrors its diversification into new revenue streams, which ...

  22. Brit Supermarket Tesco Refutes CD-Pricing Report

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tesco has flatly denied a published report which claimed the British mass merchant powerhouse is applying pressure on labels to drop their wholesale CD prices. "It's a load of nonsense. I don't know where they're getting it fro ...

  23. Virgin Mobile Enters India

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Indian music industry is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward Virgin Mobile, which launched here on March 2. "It's still early to say what impact Virgin Mobile will have on mobile music here," comments Savio D'Souza, gener ...

  24. Virgin France Retailer Changes Hands

    December 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST French media conglomerate Lagardère on Dec. 26 signed an agreement with French investment fund Butler Capital Partners to sell a majority stake in Groupe Virgin, which operates Virgin retail stores in France. The sale covers 47 retail stores in Fr ...

  25. Vodafone's Billing Joins WMI In Product Innovation Role

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International has recruited Vodafone executive Natasha Billing to the new post as product innovation director, Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Billing, who is based in London, will be closely involved in developing and implement ...

  26. Ex-Chrysalis Radio Chief Huntingford Joins Virgin Radio

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Chrysalis Radio Group CEO Richard Huntingford is to become non-executive chairman of Virgin Radio Holdings, ahead of parent company Scottish Media Group's plans to float the firm in late Fall. In a statement issued today to the London ...

  27. Virgin Brand Embroiled In French Storm

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Leading French music and entertainment firms are disputing media watchdog CSA's approval of a re-branding exercise involving Richard Branson's Virgin Group. The CSA last week validated a corporate name-change, which sees French national ...

  28. HMV Looks To Arctic Monkeys In Tough Trade

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British music and books retailer HMV Group Plc said on Thursday it was confident profits for the full year would be in line with restated analyst expectations despite an extremely tough market. The group, which issued a profit warning in March due ...

  29. Virgin Digital Shutters In U.S.

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Like the short-lived Virgin Electronics MP3 player, the Virgin Digital subscription music service is no more, at least in the U.S. Over the holiday break, Virgin Digital U.S. emailed subscribers informing them the service would be shutting down. T ...

  30. HMV, Virgin Do Battle In Manchester

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Retailers launch rival initiatives. U.K. retail rivals HMV and Virgin will go head to head this coming week with respective initiatives in Manchester, England's northern music center. HMV will on Monday (Nov. 20) kick-starts a two-week HMV ca ...

  31. HMV, Virgin Do Battle In Manchester

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Retailers launch rival initiatives. U.K. retail rivals HMV and Virgin will go head to head this coming week with respective initiatives in Manchester, England's northern music center. HMV will on Monday (Nov. 20) kick-starts a two-week HMV ca ...

  32. Shazam Names Ex-Virgin Radio CEO Chairman

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pearson takes over for Chowdhury. London-based Shazam Entertainment, the international digital music service provider famous for its pioneering mobile music recognition service, has appointed John Pearson its new chairman of the board. Pearson, co ...

  33. Branson Bringing Virgin Festival To North America

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Mobile Canada has partnered with Toronto-based concert production firm Emerge Entertainment to produce a branded festival on Sept. 9 and 10. Virgin Mobile Canada has partnered with Toronto-based concert production firm Emerge Entertainment ...

  34. Virgin Records, USA Network Enter Exclusive Deal

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Label will provide music for all network's promotions. In a first for television, USA Network has entered into an exclusive agreement with Virgin Records to provide music for all the network's promotions. Virgin music will be front and c ...

  35. Virgin Sells V2 Stake

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an undisclosed sum. Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an ...

  36. Virgin Sells V2 Stake

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an undisclosed sum. Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an ...

  37. Report: Love Sells 25% Of Nirvana Songs

    March 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Acquired by former COO of Virgin Records. Acquired by former COO of Virgin Records. News ...

  38. Terry Rises To GM At Virgin U.K.

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Mark Terry has been elevated to the new role as GM, Virgin Records U.K., with immediate effect. Mark Terry has been elevated to the new role as GM, Virgin Records U.K., with immediate effect. Terry joined Virgin in 1991 initially as press officer. ...

  39. Virgin Creates Exec Legal Position

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jeffrey Kempler moves to role from Atari. Jeffrey Kempler has been appointed to the newly created position of executive VP of business affairs and development for Virgin Records in the U.S. Kempler, who begins immediately, is based at Virgin' ...

  40. Virgin Megastores Enters The Digital Age

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Megastores brand pipped its U.K. rival HMV to the post today (Sept. 2) when it pressed the button on its own bespoke digital music service. Richard Branson's Virgin Megastores brand pipped its U.K. rival HMV to t ...

  41. Virgin Megastores Enters The Digital Age

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Megastores brand pipped its U.K. rival HMV to the post today (Sept. 2) when it pressed the button on its own bespoke digital music service. Richard Branson's Virgin Megastores brand pipped its U.K. rival HMV to t ...

  42. Virgin Preps For U.K. E-Tail Biz

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Retail will press the button Sept. 2 on its digital download service in a move that brings it head-to-head with rival HMV Group, the retailer confirmed today (Aug. 1). Virgin Retail will press the button Sept. 2 on its digital download serv ...

  43. Virgin Preps For U.K. E-Tail Biz

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Readies face-off with rival HMV. Virgin Retail will press the button Sept. 2 on its digital download service in a move that brings it head-to-head with rival HMV Group, the retailer confirmed today (Aug. 1). The company's online ambitions, re ...

  44. MCPS Recruits Singer As CEO

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST British authors rights group the MCPS-PRS Alliance has hired a senior broadcasting executive as the successor to outgoing group CEO John Hutchinson. British authors rights group the MCPS-PRS Alliance has hired a senior broadcasting executive as th ...

  45. Douglas To Join Virgin As Exec Director

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former HMV Europe operations director Simon Douglas has resurfaced in the newly- created role of executive director (Retail) at London-based Virgin Retail. Former HMV Europe operations director Simon Douglas has resurfaced in the newly- created ro ...

  46. Douglas To Join Virgin As Exec Director

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former HMV Europe operations director Simon Douglas has resurfaced in the newly- created role of executive director (Retail) at London-based Virgin Retail. Former HMV Europe operations director Simon Douglas has resurfaced in the newly- created ro ...

  47. DVD Demand Keeps HMV Profits On The Rise

    June 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT An aggressive program of store openings plus public demand for DVD allowed HMV Group to increase profits and cut £100.8 million ($182.7 million) off its net debt in the past financial year. An aggressive program of store openings plus pub ...

  48. DVD Demand Keeps HMV Profits On The Rise

    June 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT An aggressive program of store openings plus public demand for DVD allowed HMV Group to increase profits and cut £100.8 million ($182.7 million) off its net debt in the past financial year. An aggressive program of store openings plus pub ...

  49. Retail Track

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Entertainment Group North America is back on track with its supplier payments. Read Ed Christman's column. Virgin Entertainment Group North America is back on track with its supplier payments. Read Ed Christman's column. News ...

  50. Retail Track

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Entertainment Group North America is back on track with its supplier payments. Read Ed Christman's column. Virgin Entertainment Group North America is back on track with its supplier payments. Read Ed Christman's column. News ...

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